There have been many stars of Hindi cinema who have created their own identity on screen. Now some stars may not be in this world but their legacy in cinema is always remembered. Be it Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Raj Kapoor or Dev Anand. The legacy of these stars is still intact in cinema, but in terms of property, the legacy of these stars is now coming to an end. Veteran actor Dev Anand’s house is also going to be converted into a 22 flat apartment.
According to the news of English website Hindustan Times, Dev Anand’s Juhu bungalow has been sold to a real estate company. The deal has been done and the paperwork is also going on. The bungalow has been sold for around Rs 350-400 crore, as it is a prime location with bungalows of prominent industrialists in the area. It is being told that a 22 storey tall tower will be built at this place. When Dev Anand decided to build a house in Juhu, it was an area that not many people knew about.
It is said that Dev Anand had told in one of his interviews that he decided to build a house in Juhu because he had fallen in love with its forest. He had said, “I built my Juhu house in 1950. At that time Juhu was a small village and there was a complete forest there. I like it because I’m alone. Juhu has become very crowded now, especially on Sundays it is full of people. This beach is no longer the same as before. There is no park in my Iris Park residence now, there is a school and four bungalows in front of my house.
Sources have said that the house where Anand lived for 40 years is being sold because there is no one to take care of it. His son Sunil lives in America while daughter Devina lives in Ooty with mother Kalpana Karthik. There is no one to take care of the property in Mumbai and hence they have decided to sell the bungalow. He had also sold some property in Panvel, Maharashtra for the same reason. It is noteworthy that Dev Anand is not the first actor whose legacy is being sold. The inheritance of other stars has also been sold.
Bollywood megastar Rajesh Khanna’s house on Carter Road, Bandra was sold for Rs 95 crore. The late actor had purchased Ashirwad, a 6,500-square-foot historic sea-facing bungalow from another veteran Bollywood actor, Rajendra Kumar. However, the house was later demolished to make way for the new owner’s plans.
Amitabh Bachchan, owner of five scattered bungalows in Mumbai, decided to sell his ancestral property in Delhi. He had sold the family bungalow in South Delhi for Rs 23 crore. Legend has it that the late Harivansh Rai Bachchan used to organize a poetry session in this bungalow, which was known as Sopan.
Dilip Kumar’s four-storey ancestral house in Pakistan was reportedly sold for an estimated Rs 80.56 lakh. The veteran Bollywood actor often talked about his memories of the place in Mohalla Khudadad, which was his home until his family shifted to India in 1935. According to reports, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the owners of the ancestral house have decided to preserve the structure. This is expected to boost the importance of Peshawar and also strengthen Pakistan’s tourism industry.